Further details on Express Entry Canada draw that invited more than 27,000 immigration candidates
Canada’s immigration department confirmed that every single eligible person in the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) sub-category of the Express Entry pool was invited to apply for permanent residence in the record-breaking draw held on February 13.
In the draw held on February 13, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invited 27,332 CEC candidates. The number of invites is nearly six (6) times more invitations to apply (ITAs) issued than the previous record of 5,000. Another record that this draw broke was the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) cut-off score of 75.
However, IRCC has released information that the average CRS score was 415 for invited candidates.
IRCC also stated that the tie-break rule was reported as an administrative requirement but did not actually use it. This means there was no CEC-eligible candidates in the pool with a score of 75 or lower who submitted their profile before September 12, 2020.
Canada is prioritizing candidates who are already in Canada due to travel restrictions and the high immigration targets. IRCC acknowledges that Canada still needs immigrants to help grow the economy and population.
To be eligible for the CEC, candidates need a profile in the federal Express Entry system. Candidates then receive a score based on work experience, education, language ability, age, and other factors.
Some key eligibility requirements are:
- having at least 1,560 hours of paid work experience in Canada in a skilled occupation;
- having a minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) of seven (7) for managerial or professional occupations (NOC 0 or A), or CLB of five (5) for technical jobs and skilled trades (NOC B).
Candidates also need to be admissible to Canada and be living outside of Quebec.